experience our
philocreative
adult mini-camp

in the wilderness!

Who says overnight camp is just for kids? Discover our camp adventure designed just for adults...

Set in our beautiful nature space, our Philocreation® mini-camp for the young at heart invites adults to boost and bend their mental landscape with thought experiments, collaborative dialogues and creative projects, illuminating the unexpected through their ideas and creations.

Each day will zero in on an intriguing concept, investigating it from every angle for maximum mental gymnastics. Beyond learning to think and make outside the box, participants will get to enjoy the great outdoors with activities ranging from swimming and kayaking to hikes, campfires and stargazing!

SUMMER 2024 DATES
mini-camp for adults
August 23-25, 2024
(2.5 days, 2 nights)

registration is open!

Please fill out a registration form...
To reserve your spot!

discover our land of wonder!

Discover our new headquarters in the wilderness where our programs are located! After 15 years of urban camps, workshops and trainings, we are thrilled to be offering overnight experiences for all ages in the great outdoors as of the summer 2023.

This film was made on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.

frequently asked
questions

Curious about our adult mini-camp? Get all the specifics about our Philocreation® adventure!
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SPOTS ARE LIMITED. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

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what are brila camps?
Brila is a registered Canadian charity offering bilingual educational programming that fuses philosophical dialogues and creative projects. For over 16 years, we have been hosting immersive experiences for all ages, including hundreds of Philocreation® programs for youth as well as adults! Check out some of our testimonials.

At our unique overnight camps, participants embark on daily creative challenges that uncover their sense of curiosity, imagination and social responsibility in a supportive, exciting atmosphere set in a beautiful natural environment. We inspire participants to take part in a flurry of philosophical dialogues, creative projects and conceptual games, setting the stage for producing their very own "philozine"—or philosophical magazine—as storytellers, illustrators, photographers, multimedia artists, designers, performers and more.
who can participate in our adult mini-camp?
Any and all adults aged 18 and up, who have big hearts, bold thoughts and spirited imaginations! Our adult programs attract a wide range of people of all ages, from educators and artists to activists, entrepreneurs and students, which creates a beautiful mix of backgrounds and perspectives. Both anglophones and francophones are welcome. No previous experience necessary: even if you have never done collaborative philosophy and cannot remember your last artistic adventure, you will feel right at home in our program. Spaces are limited so register now!

Although we obviously love working with youth, this program is designed for adults specifically and does not include childcare. If you would like to experience a Philocreation® program with your kids, we encourage you to sign up for our philo-family day. And while we are also big fans of animals, we ask that you leave your pets at home.
where is our adult mini-camp located?
Our camps now take place at our new headquarters in the wilderness just one hour north of Montréal in the Lanaudière region. This beautiful 96-acre space boasts a lake, a forest, a field, eco-friendly lodgings and more, to enable truly immersive philocreative experiences in nature. In addition to fabulous outdoor experiences, participants will also get to think and create in our dedicated indoor workshop spaces and our lovely wood cabins and medieval tents. Check out the video above to get a sneak peek!

Though participants are responsible for their own transport to and from camp, we are happy to help with carpooling arrangements for those who need it. Additional details are provided to participants in the info-letter sent prior to camp!
what is our camp schedule?
Our adult mini-camp runs from the late afternoon on Friday, August 18 to the late afternoon on Sunday, August 20 (2.5 days, 2 nights). The schedule is jam-packed with innovative workshops that boost creativity by blending creative projects with intriguing thought experiments and engaging group dialogues. Participants share meals together as well as evening activities such as campfires, live music and games facilitated by our passionate team.

Each day includes free time during which participants can choose outdoor activities—from swimming and kayaking to hiking and team sports—or opt to relax, whether by reading a good book by the lake or taking a nap in one of our hammocks. Participants are expected to attend the whole program—since activities build on each other, absences are highly discouraged!
who are the facilitators?
Brila is propelled and energized by its dedicated team of experts who are seasoned facilitators with advanced graduate degrees in philosophy, pedagogy and mental health. Our team loves engaging in creative philosophy with curious minds of all ages!

To ensure everyone's well-being, our staff are first aid certified by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and by the Canadian Wilderness Medical Training, undergo an official police background check, adhere to our charity code of conduct and have references checked prior to joining our team. We also have a lifeguard and a medical doctor on site!
what about the food and sleeping arrangements?
We offer healthy, delicious meals and snacks, cooked in our kitchen. Everyone shares meals together at our outdoor tables overlooking the lake or in our indoor dining area. Most meals are served buffet style so participants can choose what (and how much!) they would like to eat. Our food philosophy is to have a local, vegetarian base to our meals then offer a variety of additions and creative twists to satisfy even the fussiest taste buds!

Though we are a small camp, we can accommodate most dietary needs, including nut allergies and gluten restrictions. We will be delighted to discuss any requirements with you! There is a grocery store and farmer’s market nearby for those who would like to purchase their own snacks and store them in our pantry.

Our sleeping arrangements have a cozy “glamping” feel to ensure all participants are happy and comfortable in our cabins and fancy bell tents, equipped with high-quality twin mattresses. Lodging is determined with the help of participants according to their preferences for rest and relaxation!
how should participants prepare for camp?
Before camp, participants will receive a detailed info-letter providing all the specifics regarding the program, including a suggested packing list and tips to prepare. We are an unplugged camp, meaning that we offer an immersive experience without internet or cell connection, though we use our on-site technology for many creative projects, from photography to film to music recordings. Of course, we do have wifi access in our offices for participants who may need it and most cell phones have decent reception.

If they would like, participants may also bring games, musical instruments, sports equipment, art supplies, costumes and more, to enhance their experience and fuel inspiration! Though we will try our utmost to keep personal belongings safe, Brila is not responsible for any lost, stolen or missing items.
is this mini-camp a kind of training program?
For years, adults have been asking us to host a summer mini-camp for the young at heart, so this program is entirely for recreational purposes. It is not part of our range of training programs since the goal is not to learn philosophical facilitation with the aim to offer Philocreation® workshops to youth and communities. Instead, this is a fun-size, short-and-sweet immersive experience designed for adults who enjoy philocreative activities for their own sake… and want a chance to think and make outside the box!

If you are interested in being trained or certified in Philocreation®, please join our mailing list to find out about upcoming programs.
are there student rates and bursaries?
Indeed! As a charity, Brila prides itself on offering cost-effective programming that is eco-friendly and resource-savvy so access is never a problem. We have a student rate as well as full and partial bursaries available, thanks to generous funding from our partners. Bursary funds are distributed on the basis of financial need and granted to those who would be unable to attend camp without financial assistance. Applications are assessed in the order they are received and recipients are notified in the spring. To apply, please email us.
what if i have more questions?
By all means, please get in touch with us! You can reach us by phone at 438.338.5956 or by email at info@brila.org. Plus, prior to camp, all participants will receive an info-letter from Brila's team!
JUNE 22, 2024

philocreative
family day

Join us for our seasonal day of idea bursts for curious, imaginative families!

Bond with your loved ones in a jam-packed day of thinking games and creative eruptions in our beautiful space in the wild! From conceptual scavenger hunts and artistic projects to hilarious relay races, our philosophical family day is an inspiration booster for budding thinkers and their parents. Beyond learning to think and make outside the box, participants will get to enjoy the great outdoors with activities ranging from swimming to hiking!

REGISTRATION FEE FOR ONE FAMILY:
$60

This program is full! If you would like to join the waiting list, please email us at info@brila.org.

Program fees include activities facilitated by our seasoned educational team as well as outdoor activities and snacks. The program runs from mid-morning (10h30) to mid-afternoon (15h30) on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Details will be sent to registered families prior to the event! Ages 5 and up.

Spaces are limited so fill out a form to reserve your spot:

OUR TESTIMONIALS

experiences with brila

For more than 16 years, we have had the chance of witnessing amazing humans grow up with our philocreative programs! Meet some of our long-standing participants and parents:

what parents are saying...‍

AFTER A DECADE WITH BRILA

"I think it’s a very welcoming, accepting environment so my girls have felt very free to be themselves, to express themselves, to ask questions that are outside the normal realm."

"Since arriving in Canada, my sons feel part of something important so they have a responsibility to build toward a more peaceful atmosphere of discussion."

what participants are saying...

AFTER SPENDING THEIR CHILDHOOD WITH BRILA

"I’ve spent two-thirds of my life at Brila! Without philosophy, I wouldn’t have learnt there is a whole world to explore: your mind. I love the hands-on creative projects and the perspectives."

"I keep coming back because Brila is something special. It has really changed me—forged and sculpted part of my personality for the better. Transformation is the word to describe it!"

"It's so fun! You get to think about things a lot more deeply than just a surface level and realize that your actions have real impact and realize your reasons for doing things."

what apprentices are saying...‍

AFTER TRAINING WITH BRILA

"I think everyone should go through this training! I see it as a deepening and a widening of perspectives on philosophical facilitation. Philocreation gives so many tools and aids to make the process both playful and rigorous."

"What keeps me coming back is I feel like my way of thinking is finally challenged and welcomed at the same time, which is truly the best experience possible. Sharing beautiful thinking with other wonderful people!"

These films were made on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.

SAVE YOUR SPOT

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REGISTRATION FEES:
$325
***Reduced early registration fee ($275) before April 15***

meals & lodging
original programming
outdoor activities

Camp fees include meals, snacks and lodging (2.5 days, 2 nights), as well as all our original programming and outdoor activities. A student rate ($150) is available for participants enrolled in full-time studies.

To register, please complete the registration form by clicking the button above. Camp fees can be paid securely online by credit card or bank transfer via PayPal (a 2% transaction fee applies). Participants must pay the full camp fees to reserve their spot. Registration can be cancelled with a 50% refund up to 28 days before the first day of camp. Cancellations requested after this date cannot be refunded. If extenuating circumstances present themselves (e.g., a health or family emergency), do get in touch with us directly. If you have any questions, please contact us!

discover our philozines

Every summer, our camp leads to the creation of one of our philosophical magazines—or “philozines”—which come alive with the ideas and creations of our participants, from powerful words and drawings to inventive photos and multimedia.

see the latest issue

apply for a bursary

As a charity, Brila prides itself on offering full and partial bursaries to participants who would be unable to attend camp without financial assistance. Bursary funds are distributed on the basis of financial need. Fill out an information form to convey your interest!

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PO Box 47535, RPO Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2H 2S8
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Brila’s space is situated in Lanaudière, Québec, Canada, one hour north of Montréal. We acknowledge that our headquarters is located in the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.

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